Teacher Leader Lagniappe offers a little something extra for Louisiana educators. As educators, we are leaders - leaders of our families, classrooms, schools, teams, and systems. Host Em Cooper shares inspiring stories from leaders in Louisiana and across the country. You’ll hear from innovators, change agents, and experts that will empower you to grow in your profession. Teacher Leader Lagniappe is a production of the Louisiana Department of Education.
Leading the Review with Eric Hirsch
We talk with Eric Hirsch, Founding Executive of EdReports, about all things dealing with the instructional review process, the curriculum landscape across our country, and why educators should implement high-quality materials into their teachings. Concordia Parish is highlighted for their summer learning program activities.
Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Culture with Barry Erwin
A discussion with Barry Erwin about his role with Council for a Better Louisiana. Find out about the challenges our education workforce faces as well as how we can work to improve our recruitment, retention, and teacher culture in Louisiana. We will also highlight Tangipahoa Parish on how they are engaging their community and coming together towards a common educational goal.
Defender of Wonder, Amanda Jones
Em Cooper interviews Amanda Jones, Teacher-Librarian at Live Oak Middle School in Watson, Louisiana. Find out Amanda's favorites as an award-winning Librarian, her journey to becoming a beloved educator, and why Librarians are essential for schools. East Feliciana is highlighted for the experiences they provide students on learning about various careers in their community.
How School Boards Work with Dr. Wendy Baudoin
Dr. Wendy Baudoin discusses the role of school boards and school board members, best practices for strong partnerships between boards and systems, how school board meetings work, and why it is important for communities to be involved in the local school system. Homer Junior High is featured during the What’s Making Me Smile segment for their implementation of accelerated learning.
The Arts Build Community with 2022 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year Annelise Cassar Tedesco
Annelise Cassar Tedesco, Louisiana’s 2022 State Teacher of the Year, talks about the Performing Arts Academy she co-founded, the Arts Strong series she created, and the innovative work she is implementing with her arts classes. The Livingston Parish Virtual-Hybrid Program is featured during the What’s Making Me Smile segment for their hands-on, engaging experiences for students on campus.
Educator Recruitment and Retention with Bruce Chaffin
Bruce Chaffin, Supervisor of Human Resources for the Livingston Parish Public School System and President-Elect for the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators, shares insights on the role of human resources teams, personnel concerns since the pandemic, and strategies for recruitment and retention. Rapides Parish Schools are highlighted as the recipient of the Model Schools of Excellence Award this month for their implementation of pre-educator pathways.
Sincerity and Passion
Em’s sincerity and passion clearly come through. You are naturally drawn into the conversation. I can’t wait for hear more.